Last Activity:10-31-2008 5:30 PM
Posted in thread: I went bananas on my first batch - literally... on 10-20-2008 at 12:23 AM
Unfortunately, I didn't judge the temps of my closet very well and the first few days of my
fermentation were too high. After a few weeks in bottles, I tasted what should have been an
Irish Stout and ...
Posted in thread: Breweries in Chicago on 10-08-2008 at 04:38 AM
I'm heading up to Chicago this weekend to chat with some professors about grad school. I figure
there have got to be plenty of great microbreweries, so I wanted to get any suggestions I could
Posted in thread: How legal is underage homebrew? on 09-26-2008 at 03:13 AM
Louisiana was the last state to go from 18 to 21, so now all 50 require one to be 21 in order
to purchase and/or drink beer. You certainly can't stop someone who's underage from buying
Posted in thread: 2 Year Old Grains - still good? on 09-24-2008 at 09:31 PM
I'm doubting these grains are even usable, but...I'm starting to help our local LHBS owner get
a brewing community up and running and while I was in the store, he said, "Yeah, those bags of
Posted in thread: Teaching a Class on Brewing on 09-24-2008 at 08:41 PM
I think you've got the right idea, Texlaw. I was showing my girlfriend how to brew a couple of
weekends ago and as I went through, step-by-step, I explained stuff. Then, during "dead" times
(the hour ...
Posted in thread: Teaching a Class on Brewing on 09-24-2008 at 09:12 AM
Thanks - I do appreciate all the advice. I've already got an outline of the lesson, but you
guys have confirmed what I thought was important. I really hope this helps to build a brewing
community - I ...
Posted in thread: Teaching a Class on Brewing on 09-24-2008 at 01:40 AM
So - our local LHBS sucks. It's primarily a bartending school/bar supplies shop and the guy is
just nice enough to stock brewing supplies, though readily admits that he knows next to nothing
Posted in thread: Keeping Primary Cool during Fermentation on 09-24-2008 at 01:36 AM
The Beer Gods are undoubtedly looking down on me and saying, "Oh Ye of little faith..." I took
a sample, absolutely beyond sure that I had ruined this beer. "Top O' the Banana Irish Stout"
was going t...
Posted in thread: Removing unwanted esters? on 09-19-2008 at 08:30 AM
The reason I asked is because there was an extremely banana-y smell coming from the airlock and
I had had a day or two of hot fermentation. I was sure that this batch was going to be
Esteriffic. I had...
Posted in thread: Removing unwanted esters? on 09-19-2008 at 06:35 AM
Sure, controlling them is ideal. My question is - what happens when your fermentation
temperatures spike and your closet smells like bananas? What then?